PPIs Dangers to Your Health

Stomach problems, and more particularly, indigestion and other gastrointestinal issues could lead you to take an acid-inhibiting drug, like a PPI. Unfortunately, there could be a relief but also DANGERS associated with PPIs. Over 20 million Americans are on PPIs, or proton pump inhibitors, to ease heartburn, but there are serious side effects. If you take Prevacid, Prilosec, or Nexium, for example, you should consider other alternatives.

Your doctor, like so many others, are widely prescribing these PPIs to treat heartburn, but were never meant to treat this health issue! Believe it or not, they were created for the treatment of other serious health problems, like severe acid reflux, bleeding ulcers, and a rare condition known as Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome. Fortunately for big pharma, they’re cashing in thanks to numerous factors that generate $14 billion in annual sales.

While big pharma is cashing in, people are gambling with their health. Back in the 80s, they were available by prescription only (still unchanged in Canada) but are sold over the counter now in the US. That allows people suffering from digestion issues to remain on these potentially dangerous medications on a long-term basis. Keep in mind, they were only to be used for ONE WEEK. Now the manufacturers suggest a maximum treatment of only TWO WEEKS, and only to be taken up to 3 times in a year!

Side effects of PPIs

Taking these medications without following directions, and over a long term basis could potentially cause:

* Bone loss
* Pneumonia
* Hip fractures
* Clostridium difficile infection

Why are you taking PPIs?

Most think their problem with heartburn is a direct result of having too MUCH stomach acid, but the truth is that it’s the exact opposite. Too LITTLE stomach acid is the CAUSE of HEARTBURN!!!

So, taking a PPI, whose purpose is to reduce stomach acid, will only further reduce YOUR stomach acid and cause more problems, and more heartburn. The result of a diminished stomach acid is a diminished defense mechanism against pathogens in food, so you could potentially increase your risk of food poisoning.

HEART ATTACK risk increases with PPIs

Although you may not have any history of cardiovascular disease, research indicates a link between PPIs and an increased risk of a heart attack. This occurs as the nitric oxide in blood vessel walls reduce when taking this medication, which could result in a heart attack.

Heartburn up close

Heartburn, also known as acid reflux, is a burning sensation that could sometimes make its way right up to your throat. With GERD, also known as peptic ulcer disease, some may think they’re have a heart attack because it’s so painful. Still, this isn’t a result of too much acid and is rather more related to either:

*Helicobacter pylori imbalance, also known as H. pylori or
* Hiatal hernia

Dr. Marshall, who received the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1995, discovered that when one reduces the amount of their stomach acid, their body is less capable of killing the H. pylori bacteria. The condition therefore worsens.  H. pylori bacteria have been found to be part of a normal and healthy microbiome but become imbalanced due to other bacteria and poor food choices that are popular in Western diets.

How to naturally increase stomach acid

Himalayan salt is a good choice that encourages the body to make hydrochloric acid or stomach acid. It not only provides the chloride necessary to produce hydrochloric acid but also has 80 trace minerals the body requires so it can perform better. Simply switch processed table salt, which contains nothing healthy for the body and is otherwise considered a dead food, with the unprocessed Himalayan salt or any other type of unprocessed salt.

Another way is to nourish the gut and increase good bacteria that will eventually balance all the bacteria in the gut with a few teaspoons of cabbage juice prior to eating. Cabbage juice from sauerkraut that is fermented will also help to improve digestion.

Purchase Betaine in health food stores and without a prescription. It’s a hydrochloric supplement that helps people digest their food easier while it kills off the H. pylori.

How to quit PPIs

PPIs can become addictive to some degree, and people generally can’t quit them easily. Going cold turkey will likely result in extreme pain and likely a relapse. However, it is highly recommended for those heartburn sufferers to stop worsening their condition by continuing to take them. To minimize the pain and the relapse risk involved, it’s recommended to decrease the dosage gradually. Begin by reducing the number of times PPIs are taken each day, and to its lowest dose. From there, opt for an H2 blocker, like Zantac. Continue to take H2 blockers for several weeks.

How to beat heartburn and acid reflux

It’s vital to fix what’s wrong with your gut. The first thing on the list is to remove any and all processed foods from your diet. This will also include sugars of all kinds, as both of these will result in acid reflux. Moreover, processed foods and sugars alter the gut microbiome, which ultimately resulted in an unbalanced guts bacteria that promotes the growth of pathogenic microbes.

Opt for organic foods and many fresh vegetables and fruits. Simultaneously, cut out alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine.

Address the gut issues by replenishing beneficial bacteria that can come from probiotic supplements, yogurt, and fermented foods. Fermented vegetables are exceptional, which will also improve digestion.

Resources: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/06/24/heartburn-drugs-side-effects.aspx